My new wife is an avid hunter and comes from German
Shorthair lines. I am also an avid hunter but comes from retriever
lines. This has caused some issues during our courtship but me
managed to get through it and are married. For my birthday my
wife bought me a great little GSP pup, as far as she knows she
wins.... except her birthday is coming up and I have a nice Lab
pup picked out for her. So as to not appear to be a total idiot
is there a place I can find some GSP people to learn about pointing
breeds and stay married? Jim in Winona, MN
Jim, your lucky and unlucky, welcome to the wonderful world of
pointers. Your lucky in the fact that you have three clubs of
equal distance from you: The MN GSP Club out of Minneapolis,
the SE Wis GSP Club out of Milwaukee and the GSP Club of Eastern
Iowa. A little further is the GSP club of Illinois out of Northern
IL. All of them are going to be a two or three hour drive but
they all have great people. There is some NAVHDA Clubs in your
area but your Lab will not be welcome there as with the GSP people
and the politics with NAVHDA as you may have read is very bad.
So take a look at our calendar in back of this issue and take
your new bride and your new pups for a nice ride and meet some
I am tired of paying the high vet bills every year. I have noticed
you can buy drugs and annual meds on the phone and online, is
that worth it?
If all your vet did was fill your dog with drugs yes it would
be. But for the extra few bucks your vet does a once over on
your dog as preventive medicine. It's a whole lot cheaper to
catch things when they are small and easy to manage then when
they get out of control. It's the old pay me now pay me later
thing. For breeders that have been in the industry for years,
the drugs you speak of can be a good deal, but they have years
of experience and are familiar with the things that go wrong
with dogs. Spend the extra few bucks and sleep well knowing your
dog is protected.
My dog goes nuts when the neighbors cat is outside and they have
been in more than one fight, any suggestions?
How about the old saying fences make good neighbors.
We are looking for a dog but my son had a bad run on with a neighbors
dog years ago and is deathly afraid of dogs, can you suggest
Don't worry about breed, fix your son's problem first. You need
to expose him to a bunch of good dogs so he knows MOST dogs are
good. Find a club fun day or hunt test and take your kid out
a few times til the fear goes away. Start him out with puppies.
When the fear is gone, THEN you can start thinking about breeds
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